Food and Drug Administration News

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8/6/2013
First Vaccine Against 4 Flu Strains Ready to Ship

FDA has approved distribution of new seasonal influenza shot, Fluarix Quadrivalent

8/2/2013
FDA Defines 'Gluten-Free' for Food Labels

Rule will benefit millions of Americans with celiac disease

8/2/2013
FDA Warns of Rare Skin Reactions to Acetaminophen

Cases happen very seldom but can lead to hospitalization or death, new warning label is planned

7/30/2013
Diabetes Testing Strips Recalled for Potential False Readings

Batches of Nova Max Glucose Test Strips could give erroneous, overly high blood sugar readings

7/26/2013
FDA Proposes New Safety Rules for Imported Food

Announcement comes in wake of recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses

7/26/2013
New Test Detects TB and Antibiotic Resistance

Results available in two hours

7/23/2013
FDA Sends Warnings to Makers of Illegal Diabetes Treatments

Products make false claims, could be unsafe and may delay proven therapies, agency says

7/22/2013
Plain Brown Cigarette Packs May Help Some Smokers Quit: Study

After Australia mandated such packaging in 2012, most users found cigarettes 'less satisfying'

7/21/2013
FDA Warns of Sunscreen Spray's Flammability Risk

Avoid open flames after application, agency advises

7/17/2013
New Drug May Extend Survival for Some Prostate Cancer Patients

Study found Xofigo also improved quality of life for those whose cancer had spread to the bones

7/16/2013
First Medical Device to Help Diagnose ADHD Approved

Brain monitor tracks neurological signals in children and teens

7/12/2013
Gilotrif Approved for Late-Stage Lung Cancer

Caused by certain gene mutations

7/12/2013
FDA Proposes New Limit for Arsenic in Apple Juice

Move follows release of studies last fall showing worrisome amounts of the toxin in many brands

7/12/2013
FDA Approves New Drug for Advanced Lung Cancer

Gilotrif targets a gene mutation that occurs in about 10 percent of cases

7/8/2013
Listeria Outbreak Prompts Cheese Recall

1 person dead, 4 sickened; source seems to be Wisconsin company, CDC says

7/1/2013
First Non-Hormonal Remedy Approved for Menopausal Hot Flashes

Contains active ingredient in antidepressant Paxil

6/27/2013
6/25/2013
FDA Allows Two New Cigarettes to Hit Market

It's first such action since agency was given regulatory control over tobacco in 2009

6/24/2013
Vibativ Approved for Certain Bacterial Pneumonia

Only when other treatments aren't suitable

6/21/2013
6/21/2013
FDA OKs Sale of 'Morning-After' Pill Without Age Limit

Girls of all ages will now have easier access to the emergency contraceptive

6/20/2013
New Test IDs Genotype of Hepatitis C

Helps doctors plan treatment

6/14/2013
New Silicone Breast Implants Approved

MemoryShape OK'd for augmentation in women 22 and older

6/13/2013
Xgeva Approved for Rare, Non-Malignant Tumor

Giant cell tumor of the bone

6/7/2013
FDA Panel Votes to Change Tight Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

Controversial decision comes after a second look at major data review focused on heart risks

6/3/2013
U.S. Cancer Patients Suffering From Drug Shortages

Survey of oncologists finds frequent treatment delays, changes

6/3/2013
Experimental Drug Shows Benefits Against Melanoma in Early Study

Lambrolizumab activates body's immune system to kill cancerous cells, researchers say

5/29/2013
New Drugs, Diagnostic Approved for Advanced Melanoma

This cancer is leading cause of death from skin disease

5/29/2013
U.S. Imports Scarce Nutrition Drugs for Sick Babies

Ingredients for intravenous feeding in short supply after company closure, FDA says

5/29/2013
Blood-Tracking Device Uses New Technology

Memory chips help prevent release of unwanted products

5/20/2013
Revised Sunscreen Labels Should Help Consumers Make Wiser Choices

New survey finds 1 in 7 products still claim an 'SPF' rating of 50 or higher

5/16/2013
Xofigo Approved for Prostate Cancer

When disease has spread to the bones

5/16/2013
Test Approved to Detect Faulty Lung Cancer Gene

Gene present in 10 percent of NSCLC cases

5/15/2013
Simponi Approved for Ulcerative Colitis

Blocks process that contributes to abnormal inflammation

5/15/2013
FDA: Lower Ambien's Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Blood levels from nighttime dose of sleep aid can remain too high the next morning, agency says

5/15/2013
FDA Approves New Drug to Fight Advanced Prostate Cancer

Xofigo was fast-tracked for approval and is meant for tumors that have spread to the bones

5/10/2013
Breo Ellipta Approved for COPD

Respiratory disease is the third-leading cause of death in U.S.

5/6/2013
FDA Warns Pregnant Women About Migraine Drugs

Medicines containing valproate linked to lower IQs in children, agency says

5/6/2013
FDA Proposes Tougher Warnings for Tanning Beds

But stops short of ban for those younger than 18, as advisory panel had recommended

5/2/2013
Lipsticks, Glosses Contain Toxic Metals: Report

Children should not play with these products, researcher says

5/2/2013
White House to Challenge Ruling on Unlimited Access to 'Morning-After' Pill

Move follows FDA decision that only women 15 or older could get emergency contraceptive without prescription

5/1/2013
Obama Administration to Challenge Judge's Ruling on 'Morning-After' Pill

Move follows FDA ruling that females aged 15 or older could get Plan B drug without a prescription

5/1/2013
Antibiotic Azithromycin Won't Harm Healthy Hearts: Study

Researchers found no increased death risk in those free of cardiovascular disease

5/1/2013
4/30/2013
4/25/2013
Soaring Prices Keep Leukemia Drugs From Patients, Experts Say

$100,000-a-year meds seen as obstacle to treatment

4/22/2013
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to New Cigarette Labeling

But ruling from another court could still delay or thwart use of graphic anti-smoking images

4/17/2013
FDA Approves 'Abuse-Deterrent' Label for New Oxycontin

Latest formulation is tougher to crush and dissolve, making illicit use more difficult

4/15/2013
FDA Warns Against Sale of Sports Supplements in U.S.

Dangerous stimulant DMAA is sold under variety of ingredient names, agency says

4/10/2013
Drug Company Reps Don't Tell Docs Enough About Side Effects: Survey

Many U.S., Canadian and French physicians prescribed the promoted meds anyway